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ETNO to gather representatives from medical community, public sector and telecoms industry to discuss how to boost e-health uptake


13 Dec 2010


Health & Consumers

ETNO 3rd Innovation Day
25 January 2011, Sofitel Europe Brussels
Interactive conference and exhibition

Brussels – e-Health and independent living solutions will be at the heart of ETNO’s third Innovation Day to take place in Brussels on 25 January with the participation of Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda and Gabriele Galateri, Telecom Italia Chairman, as keynote speakers.

“The Innovation Day will be the occasion to demonstrate concrete examples of solutions that ETNO members offer in e-health, addressing important diseases such as diabetes or cardio-vascular problems, and directly benefitting the medical community and patients”, said Luigi Gambardella, newly elected ETNO Executive Board Chair.

“Healthcare is one of the sectors which can most benefit from broadband-enabled innovation. Through its Innovation Day, ETNO aims to spur the debate and identify how to boost e-health take up by the medical community, thereby contributing to the Digital Agenda”, said Michael Bartholomew, ETNO Director.

On the occasion of the Innovation Day, ETNO member companies, including Belgacom, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Orange, Portugal Telecom, Telecom Italia and Telefonica, will give an interactive demonstration of services in areas such as distance diagnosis and monitoring solutions for people suffering from chronic diseases and as independent living. Doctors will also give testimonials on how e-health applications can assist them in their daily work and benefit patients.

Constantijn Van Oranje, member of Vice President Kroes’ Cabinet will then moderate a panel discussion with representatives from medical community, public sector authorities and telecoms industry. The issues addressed will include: How can e-health applications contribute to meeting EU healthcare and demographic challenges?; and What are the remaining obstacles to a wider take up of e-health solutions by the medical community and users in Europe?

The panel discussion will be followed by a visit of the exhibition.

For more information about the programme or to register, please consult: or contact Thierry Dieu, ETNO Communications Manager Tel: (32-2) 219 32 42 Fax: (32-2) 219 64 12 E-mail:

ETNO’s 41 member companies from 35 European countries represent a significant part of total ICT activity in Europe. They account for an aggregate annual turnover of more than €250 billion and employ over one million people across Europe. ETNO companies are the main drivers of broadband and are committed to its continual growth in Europe.


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